Virgin Galactic is flying a tiktoker to space where she will be conducting a research mission of her lifetime.
The airspace company announced, they will be flying Kellie Gerardi, a well-known tiktoker and science researcher, into space to conduct different experiments.
Virgin Galactic is a space tourism company founded by a British millionaire named, Richard Branson. The luxury space company have plans to launch commercial airspace flights by the early 2022.
They aim to provide wealthy tourists with airspace trips costing around $20,000 or more, they have worked in collaboration with NASA and many other scientists as well.
Kellie will be flying on Thursday from International Institute for Astronautical Sciences, to test the bio monitor system developed by Canadian startup, Hexoskin, along with the Canadian Space Agency that intend to provide monitoring of the trips made to space.
Gerardi will also perform ‘test fluid dynamics to upgrade the design of humidifiers and syringes designed for use in space’.
Gerardi has more than 400,000 TikTok followers and 130,000 followers on Instagram. She also wrote a book titled, “Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age.”
Gerardi has experience of conducting experiment, with backing of Canadian space agency, on a lower altitude with parabolic flights that only reproduce zero gravity conditions for few minutes.
The 32-year-old researcher said, “To call this my life’s dream would be an understatement I always believed the space tourism industry’s success could also help open up opportunities for researchers like myself.”
Virgin Galactic recently launched its first successful test flight from New Mexico, and it intends to complete its test campaign this calendar year, said Sirisha Bandla, vice president of government affairs for the company.
“We’re going to finish our test flight program this year, and we’ll make scheduling decisions after this program has been completed,” She added”.
Next up for Virgin Galactic is a test flight with employees in the passenger cabin that will be followed by a flight carrying the company’s founder, Sir Richard Branson.
This test flight will signal the beginning of commercial flights that has already been paid and reserved by hundreds of people.